Hey Hackers! I’m Tanaka Mutakwa and I’m the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces.
First of all, a huge thank you to the HackerNoon community and staff for nominating me for a 2021 Noonies award! I’ve been nominated in the following categories please do check out these award pages and vote:
HackerNoon Contributor of the Year - engineering
I'm a technology leader who is driven to help software engineers have fulfilling careers. I have a passion for technology, leadership, and building high-performing teams. I currently work as the VP of Engineering at Names & Faces. My role is to make everyone in the engineering organization successful by influencing architectural decisions, establishing best practices, setting work cadences and cultural norms, and overcoming the issues that get in the way of the team’s success.
I'm currently writing The New Developer (https://thenewdeveloper.substack.com/), a newsletter on Substack. The New Developer is a guide for new and aspiring software developers. The goal is to help software developers prepare themselves for the real world - working in a real team at a real company.
I started using computers in primary school - https://mutakwa.com/how-i-got-started-in-computers-programming/. However, I only started computer programming towards the end of high school. I then studied Computer Science at the University of Cape Town and this is where I built solid computer science fundamentals. After graduating from the University of Cape Town I’ve had the opportunity to work in technology teams at various companies.
Any legacy technologies that have struggled to keep up with the fast-paced technological advances. Being stuck in legacy technologies can make your skills irrelevant in a few years.
I believe technology still has a big role to play in improving education. Making education more accessible and cheaper for the whole world. If I was given 10 million dollars to invest in something today I would invest it in advancing education using technology.
I’m currently focused on growing the following skills:
Growing my technical writing skills.
Growing my technology leadership skills.
Growing my product/business understanding. The goal is to have a good understanding of how to launch technology products to the world and build valuable technology companies.
“Even if you fail at your ambitious thing, it’s very hard to fail completely. That’s the thing that people don’t get.”
“Life learning from Computer Science: you can scale almost everything much more than you'd think, and the things that break are hard to predict.”
Substack Newsletter - https://thenewdeveloper.substack.com/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/GeneralMutakwa
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/trmutakwa/
Yes, I would love to join the HackerNoon podcasts. I can chat about the following topics:
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